• Biblical Studies

    A New Identity: The Gospel of Matthew, Part II

    Get a practical viewpoint of the believers’ identity in Jesus! Travel to the lands of the Bible and explore the gospel of Matthew with host Michael Card.

    A New Identity: The Gospel of Matthew, Part I

    “Listening to the voice of Matthew” (Chapters 1-4). Bringing to life the pages of the gospel of Matthew, host Michael Card guides us through the city of Capernaum and northern region of Israel, along the shorelines of the Sea of Galilee, and finally to Jerusalem.   Other parts of the series: A New Identity: The […]

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    Christian Beliefs

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    Is Your Mind Stayed on God?

    Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused by neglect, is one of the chief sources of exhaustion and weakness in a servant’s life. If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. There is no reason to wait for God to come to you. You must turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of idols and look to Him and be saved (see Isaiah 45:22).

    Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You should seek to be “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . .” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

    Knowing God as our Father

    It wasn’t until they were in the wilderness that God revealed Himself to the Israelites as a “Father.” Find out why that’s significant as we continue our “Discover the Word” conversations called “Resurrection Year” with our friend, author Sheridan Voysey. Find out what we know God as our Father means to us in the midst of our own wilderness experiences when you join the discussion today on “Discover the Word”!

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    Christian Living

    Banished Words

    Each year Lake Superior State University in the US publishes a list of words they believe should be banished because they’re so annoying. Topping their list in 2013 was selfie, a term that received more nominations than any other. Other contenders included twerking, hashtag, and twittersphere. This list of words is a reminder that language is always changing and can persuade, impress, or annoy us.

    Why Marriage isn’t the only way to experience True Love

    When I was in my teenage years, one of the signs of our coming of age was being able to buy liquor, and drink in bars or pubs. But as time went by and the guys completed their time in National Service and the girls entered their final year of university, drinking lost its novelty.

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    Christian Ministry & the Church

    Real Rest

    During the long, harsh Alaskan winter, Denali National Park rangers rely on teams of sled dogs to help them patrol the vast, snowy wilderness. Dogsled patrols can last up to 6 weeks, and the dogs are always raring to go.

    Singing Through Sadness

    Our young daughter has developed the habit of singing whenever I cut her toenails. Her musical expression seems to shift her focus from the instinct to pull her foot away to the joy of happy melodies. Research has proven the physiological, neurological, and emotional benefits of singing. So belting out your favorite tune will help elevate your mood, boost your immune system, and benefit your brain.

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    Christianity & Culture

    Starting Points & End Results

    In the movie Castaway, a man was stranded on a desert island for 4 years following a plane crash. After his rescue, the authorities told him that their initial efforts following the crash had failed because they had searched in the wrong area—thinking that the plane had gone down 400 miles from where it crashed. Since their starting point was completely wrong, they had little chance of success even though their efforts were admirable.

    Do You See Your Calling?

    Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the gospel of God. The one all-important thing is that the gospel of God should be recognized as the abiding reality. Reality is not human goodness, or holiness, or heaven, or hell— it is redemption. The need to perceive this is the most vital need of the Christian worker today. As workers, we have to get used to the revelation that redemption is the only reality. Personal holiness is an effect of redemption, not the cause of it. If we place our faith in human goodness we will go under when testing comes.

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    Ethical Issues

    Shine Brightly

    Shane (name changed to protect his identity) took a big job at a well-known company. Within a few months of overseeing its operations, he discovered some dark financial secrets. Doing his job, he delved into a morass of monetary fraud. As he exposed the impropriety, an unexpected thing happened. He was brought before the board of the company and threatened. Shane, a believer in Jesus, stood his ground. His integrity shone brightly even though he was released by the company’s board under false pretenses.

    People don’t understand—I was trapped

    For most of us it’s impossible to imagine being fifteen years old and lured into a world of human trafficking. This was Leslie’s life for more than twenty years until she prayed a desperate prayer—one that Jesus answered in a powerful and profound way. Be inspired by Leslie’s courageous story as God uses her to reach out to others ensnared in prostitution.

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    Evangelism & Missions

    Why Love isn’t a Good Feeling

    I’ll ’fess up. I plain didn’t like Terence (can’t tell you his real name, of course). I didn’t like the way he walked or talked. I couldn’t stand the way he moved around with a swagger, swinging his arms confidently and looking left and right as if he ran the whole church.

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    Are You Exhausted Spiritually?

    Exhaustion means that our vital energies are completely worn out and spent. Spiritual exhaustion is never the result of sin, but of service. Whether or not you experience exhaustion will depend on where you get your supplies. Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep,” but He gave him nothing with which to feed them (John 21:17). The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other people’s souls until they learn to feed on God. They must drain you completely— to the very last drop. But be careful to replenish your supply, or you will quickly be utterly exhausted. Until others learn to draw on the life of the Lord Jesus directly, they will have to draw on His life through you.

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    Life Struggles

    Knowing God as our Father

    It wasn’t until they were in the wilderness that God revealed Himself to the Israelites as a “Father.” Find out why that’s significant as we continue our “Discover the Word” conversations called “Resurrection Year” with our friend, author Sheridan Voysey. Find out what we know God as our Father means to us in the midst of our own wilderness experiences when you join the discussion today on “Discover the Word”!

    Why Marriage isn’t the only way to experience True Love

    When I was in my teenage years, one of the signs of our coming of age was being able to buy liquor, and drink in bars or pubs. But as time went by and the guys completed their time in National Service and the girls entered their final year of university, drinking lost its novelty.

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    Marriage & Family

    Knowing God as our Father

    It wasn’t until they were in the wilderness that God revealed Himself to the Israelites as a “Father.” Find out why that’s significant as we continue our “Discover the Word” conversations called “Resurrection Year” with our friend, author Sheridan Voysey. Find out what we know God as our Father means to us in the midst of our own wilderness experiences when you join the discussion today on “Discover the Word”!

    Why Marriage isn’t the only way to experience True Love

    When I was in my teenage years, one of the signs of our coming of age was being able to buy liquor, and drink in bars or pubs. But as time went by and the guys completed their time in National Service and the girls entered their final year of university, drinking lost its novelty.

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    Relationships

    Turn Off the Scoreboard

    At his son’s wedding reception, my friend Bob offered advice and encouragement to the newlyweds. In his speech he told of a football coach in a nearby town who, when his team lost a game, kept the losing score on the scoreboard all week to remind the team of their failure. While that may be a good football strategy, Bob wisely advised, it’s a terrible strategy in marriage. When your spouse upsets you or fails you in some way, don’t keep drawing attention to the failure. Turn off the scoreboard.

    What great advice! Scripture is full of commands for us to…

    When He said He Didn’t Like Me

    Relationships. Many of us, myself included, crave to be in one. There was a time in my life when I was head over heels with this guy, whom I shall refer to as Andy.

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    Spiritual Growth

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    Is Your Mind Stayed on God?

    Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused by neglect, is one of the chief sources of exhaustion and weakness in a servant’s life. If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. There is no reason to wait for God to come to you. You must turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of idols and look to Him and be saved (see Isaiah 45:22).

    Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You should seek to be “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . .” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

    Banished Words

    Each year Lake Superior State University in the US publishes a list of words they believe should be banished because they’re so annoying. Topping their list in 2013 was selfie, a term that received more nominations than any other. Other contenders included twerking, hashtag, and twittersphere. This list of words is a reminder that language is always changing and can persuade, impress, or annoy us.

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    When Life Hurts

    When our identity gets stripped away

    Have you ever been asked to give up something you value for the good of someone else? Can you trust God in the midst of that loss that He will still provide for you? Today on “Discover the Word,” we continue our conversation with friend and author Sheridan Voysey. How do we deal with life when what has formed our identity gets stripped away? Join us for the challenging discussion today on “Discover the Word”!

    When your dreams don’t come true

    If only dreams came with warning labels saying, “Results may vary!” Then it might be easier to handle the disappointment when they don’t come true. Today on “Discover the Word,” we talk with our friend, author Sheridan Voysey, about what to do when the dreams for your life don’t turn out to have a Disney film ending. Will you still trust that God has your best interests at heart? Don’t miss the discussion today on “Discover the Word”!

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